Can Wood Floors be Refinished?

There comes a time when cleaning a hardwood floor is no longer an adequate fix. If you want to restore the shine, luster and beauty to which you have become accustomed, you may have a bigger project on your hands.

Deep indentations and scratches may cut through the protective shield of you floor. This damage can lead to stubborn stains, warping and other defects where a lack of protection leaves the wood exposed.

If this describes the condition of your hardwood floor, it’s probably time to consider a wood floor refinishing project. Refinishing can make solid hardwood or engineered hardwood floor look like new. When done, you can even apply a different hardwood stain color to change the mood of any residential or commercial setting.

How many times can I refinish hardwood?

Hardwood floor refinishingA solid hardwood floor constructed with ¾-inch thick boards can be refinished around eight times over its useful life. On the other hand, engineered hardwood flooring has a multi-layered construction. The amount of times it can be refinished is determined by how thick the top layer is made during its production. The thicker the layer, the more time is can be sanded. Many engineered floors cannot be refinished because the top layer is too thin. Others can be sanded several times.

Ultimately, the number of times you can refinish a floor depends on a variety of factors, such as day-to-day wear and tear and the hardness rating of the species. Here at Just Around the Corner, we believe you can get at least 20 years of wear out of a floor before having to do a complete sanding and finishing the job.

Wood floor refinishing techniques

There are two methods of refinishing hardwood floors: traditional sanding and sandless refinishing.

1. Traditional Sanding

This approach starts with the use of a drum sander to remove the floor’s surface coatings. The sander also takes out deep scratches and stains, as well as levels out uneven boards in the floor.

An industrial grade vacuum extracts the dust and particles to minimize the mess created by the sanding process. When properly sanded with varying grits and techniques, the wood is restored to a “like new” state.

After the sanding is complete and the floor is smooth, it must be meticulously vacuumed. Now, it is ready for finishing with a sealer or stain and a sealer. The traditional wood floor refinishing technique requires a multiple curing and drying process that may take about three days to complete.

2. Sandless Refinishing

Sometimes called dustless refinishing, this method offers an alternative to the traditional sanding approach. The refinisher uses a sanding machine to lightly scuff the floor’s protective coating or etching and bonding chemical for ensuring adhesion of a new coat of finish on top of the existing finish.

The wood floor refinisher must repair any damaged wood before applying the new finish. Finally, a new coat of urethane is applied. The sandless wood floor refinishing process takes about one day and costs less.

The sandless method does not generate as much grime as the traditional sanding technique, but you can still expect a slight amount of dust to escape into the general environment.

Wood floor maintenance prolongs floor life

Owners who carry out a regular maintenance schedule, and re-coat the surface with urethane every 5 to 10 years, will receive many years of use before having to spend money on a wood floor refinishing project.

Wood floor refinishing can be a messy and time-consuming process. Some property owners try to do the work, but most hire a professional refinisher.


If you think your floor may need refinishing and don’t know where to start, contact Just Around the Corner and speak to a flooring expert. We can get you on the right track back to the beautiful, lustrous floors you want!

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